About Rachel


Little Chef Big Appetite At a Glance ll Rachel Pattison Los Angeles Food Blogger

Rachel Pattison, Food Blogger of www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Hi Friends! I’m Rachel and welcome to Little Chef Big Appetite.

I may be pint-sized (coming in at a HUGE 5 feet tall), but man do I love to eat!

A little bit about me:  I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and after attending college at the University of Pennsylvania, I moved out to sunny Santa Monica, CA. I live with my fiancé, Travis, and our adorable rescue dog, Bessie (whom you’ll likely see LOTS of photos of, if you follow my Instagram!). Travis and I are getting married in Boston in September 2017, and we are SO excited!

After graduating college in 2012, I moved out to California for a job in financial consulting. After two years in that role, I decided to transition my career towards my true passion — food. I landed a job running the marketing department for a California-based restaurant group, and loved being able to combine my passion for food with my day-to-day work. In January 2017, I left that position to travel throughout Europe. You can read more about that decision here.

Growing up, I had a pretty terrible diet. I was incredibly picky, and the only foods my parents could get me to eat were PB&J, macaroni and cheese, and frozen pizza. It’s a big shame because my dad is a fantastic cook and my mom is an expert baker, so I wish I’d taken advantage of that sooner!

In my sophomore year of college, I moved to an off-campus apartment and for the first time ever, I had my own kitchen. The food on Penn’s campus left a lot to be desired, and in an effort to start eating healthier, I began to cook many of my own meals. During vacations and breaks from school, I’d be at home in Boston and spend a lot of time watching my parents in the kitchen. My dad taught me a lot of what I know now, and I also learned new cooking skills from reading various food blogs and my favorite cookbooks.

Cooking in a college apartment had its challenges. I only had a small supply of kitchen gadgets and a very limited access to fresh ingredients (there was no Whole Foods nearby and even if there was, that would have been a big splurge on a student budget!). Quickly, cooking became my hobby and something I would do to de-stress at the end of a long day. Very few of my friends were spending time cooking their own meals, so what I was doing was very unique. My boyfriend, Travis (whom I met my junior year of college), encouraged me to start a blog so I could share my recipes and cooking adventures with friends and family.

So what started as a little Tumblr blog (with embarrassingly terrible food photography) has transformed into www.littlechefbigappetite.com! Today, I share my own healthy recipes as well as tidbits of my daily life in California. I finally have a much more modern (and cleaner) kitchen than I had in college, and I can shop at Whole Foods without feeling guilty! Whenever I get the chance, I am in the kitchen trying new recipes and experimenting with unique ingredients.

I hope you like what you see here and that you find a recipe that excites you. I love when you try my recipes – let me know by posting a comment here or reaching me on one of my various social media pages (you can find the icons on the right-hand side of the home page)!

Happy eating,





  • February 27, 2014 - 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely love your blog! I just had a quick browse and it looks like you have some delicious looking recipes. I recently posted a granola recipe on my own blog (which focuses on cooking with and for children), but I will definitely try out your granola recipe now too, and have saved you to my favourites!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      February 27, 2014 - 4:56 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much Fiona! I just checked out your granola recipe and it looks very yummy – I love adding flaxseed to granola.

  • ohshineon
    May 29, 2014 - 10:24 am | Permalink

    your website just looks better and better every time i visit. love everything about it!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      May 29, 2014 - 11:09 am | Permalink

      Aww, thank you so much!!

  • February 15, 2016 - 11:24 am | Permalink

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I am in LOVE with your recipes! It was so cool to read that you and I have a pretty similar story behind how we got into cooking— college food did it for me too. Oh, and I went to school right across the state from you (University of Pittsburgh!). Can’t wait to give some of your recipes a try!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      February 15, 2016 - 5:27 pm | Permalink

      Hi Liz! Thank you so much for reading! I love that we have similar stories 🙂 I can’t wait to check out your site, too!!

  • November 4, 2016 - 8:52 am | Permalink

    Glad I came across your blog! 🙂

    Tammy Nguyen
    Co-Founder of Eat Organix

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